EPL: Arsenal beat West Ham 4 -1

Arsenal produced a stunning late surge to claim a 4-1 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday, piling the pressure back on the Hammers to avoid relegation.

After a frustrating first 45 minutes, Nacho Monreal gave the Gunners the lead early in the second half, after slamming home a left footed volley from just inside the penalty area. The Hammers hit back soon after, as Marko Arnautović rifled home after a series of defensive errors from the hosts.

Aaron Ramsey scored to put the hosts 2-1 up late on after a howler of a mistake from Declan Rice, before Alexandre Lacazette assured the three points with a late brace, as West Ham fell apart at the back.

Arsenal came flying out of the traps in the second half, and Nacho Monreal drew a comfortable save from Hart after a sweeping forward move. The Gunners took the lead in emphatic fashion in the 50th minute, as Monreal latched onto a Xhaka corner to fire a left footed volley into the bottom corner beyond Hart.

The Hammers then gifted their opponents the lead in the 81st minute, as Declan Rice ducked out of the way of a Ramsey cross, which bent inside Hart’s far post – to the England international’s clear frustration. Alexandre Lacazette made it three in the 84th minute, as his deflected effort flew into the net, before he bagged another soon after as West Ham fell to pieces.

The Gunners cruised to a comfortable victory, after again leaving it late to see off an opponent. West Ham should still have enough about them to avoid relegation, but will need to be at their best to avoid any further slip ups and descend into the dreaded bottom three.

Sports Illustrated

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